White House: Obama supports deal

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that President Obama supports the budget and debt ceiling agreement reached in the Senate. 

Carney said the deal would reopen the government and "remove the threat of economic brinksmanship."

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He also said Obama applauds Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama MORE (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.) for reaching the bipartisan deal.

"He believes that this agreement achieves what's necessary," Carney said. 

He added that the White House was calling on both the House and Senate to "act swiftly" to pass the measure.

Asked if he is confident if the House would pass the legislation, Carney replied, "We are not putting odds on anything."

It appears likely that the Senate will vote first on the measure. Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 MORE (R-Texas) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSupreme Court takes on same-sex wedding cake case House approves motion to go to tax conference — with drama Trump really will shrink government, starting with national monuments MORE (R-Utah) have said they will not seek to block it. 

The House Republican Conference is meeting later on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the deal. It is expected to approve it by the end of the day.

Republicans have cast themselves as losers in the battle over raising the debt ceiling and ending the shutdown given polls showing approval of the party tanking. Several GOP senators said they were glad the deal had been reached to prevent further injury to their party. 

But Carney told reporters Wednesday that "there are no winners" in the battle.

"We've said that from the beginning," he said. "The economy has suffered because of it and it was wholly unnecessary."